NOW HIRING: RFEG Coalition Operations Manager – Deadline to apply: Aug 3rd
This announcement for an Operations Manager is being advertised by the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, on behalf of the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Coalition (RFEGC). This position is a contract employee whose job will be to assist the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Coalition with specific tasks as set forth in this announcement.
Position Title: RFEGC Operations Manager
Compensation: This is a contract position paying $20 – $40 per hour depending on experience and proven abilities. There are no fringe benefits.
Type: Part-time, hours are variable week to week based on needs but approximately 20 hours week is anticipated
Location: Olympia area with some travel in WA State
Duration: Funding is currently available thru Dec 31, 2012 with a possible extension based on performance, needs and funding
Closing Date: August 3, 2012
The SPSSEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to protecting and restoring salmon populations and aquatic habitat with an emphasis on ecosystem function through scientifically informed projects, community education, and volunteer involvement. SPSSEG is one of 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) in Washington State. RFEGs were formed by the Washington State Legislature in 1990 as a means of directly involving communities, citizen volunteers, and landowners in salmon recovery.
The 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) share the unique role of working within their own communities across the state to recover salmon. The RFEGs have a common goal of restoring salmonid populations and habitat to their regions, relying on support in local communities. The RFEGs create dynamic partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, local businesses, community members, and landowners. Through these collaborative efforts, RFEGs help lead their communities in successful restoration, education and monitoring projects. Each RFEG works within a specific geographic region based on watershed boundaries. Every group is a separate, nonprofit organization led by their own board of directors and supported by their members.
Base funding for the RFEG program comes from a portion of commercial and recreational fishing license fees, administered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The 1995 State Legislature added revenue from the sale of eggs and carcasses from state hatcheries to the pool of available funds. The RFEGs also obtain many individual grants from government and private entities. Individual donations, membership dues, and in-kind contributions from local community members and businesses are also essential to the success of each RFEG. More information about the RFEG Program and the individual groups can be found on the web at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/rfeg/index.html.
As the RFEG program grew, so did the need for the RFEGs to collaborate and speak with one voice on a statewide level. In response to this need, the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Coalition (Coalition) was formed in 2003 as a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization with the mission to serve and represent the RFEGs by supporting and advocating for their missions to protect, restore and enhance the salmonid resources of Washington State. The Coalition board is made up of one board member from each of the participating RFEG’s and is operated solely by a volunteer Board of Directors. Recent legislative and funding developments that impact the Coalition members’ base funding administered by WDFW have led to the need for a Coalition staff person.
The SPSSEG is seeking an individual to fill an Operations Manager position to provide professional assistance to the Coalition and its 14 RFEG members. This is a new position for the RFEG Coalition and funding is secured to get it started. The Operations Manager will be a part time contract employee working variable hours. The Coalition has currently budgeted for this position through December 31, 2012 and anticipates funding the position until at least June 30, 2013 or longer.
The SPSSEG and the Coalition members are currently engaged in a variety of strategic activities that require professional assistance to help compile, synthesize and interpret information and data in a manner suitable for distribution to a diverse audience. This information must be presented in a timely, professional manner so as to ensure that the RFEG Program is recognized as representing a powerful force of diverse local programs with one unified voice affecting salmon recovery in Washington State. The individual must be self motivated, quick to understand issues and able to respond promptly to achieve the Coalition needs with minimal direction. Demonstrated expertise working on complex issues designed to accomplish specific goals is a key requirement of this position. Working successfully, including reaching consensus among management level agency staff and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, will be a key component of the work. A passion for restoring salmon and their habitat is a plus, but not a requirement.
Position Description of Work:
The individual will be a contract employee of SPSSEG. The work performed will support the Coalition Board of Directors and the individual will report to the Coalition Board President or the President’s designee as decided by the Coalition Board.
– Advance committee business as directed
– Assist with strategy and information needs identified by the Coalition committee(s).
– Set up, lead, and participate in Committee Meetings via regular conference calls.
– Organize, set up, and participate in quarterly Board meetings of the Coalition to be held in December, March, June and September in locations to be determined.
– Provide administrative support to Coalition President, committees, working with members between meetings to achieve deliverables and goals
– Work with Coalition officers to help compile and distribute agendas, minutes, and other Coalition and committee communications
– Improve overall communication between RFEGs, Coalition, committees, and WDFW, including drafting correspondence for the President or other members
– Assist with preparation of strategic materials for Coalition and committees
– Update and build an efficient system utilizing the Coalition website for organizing and sharing documents and information amongst Coalition members and committee members
– Set up and manage the budget for the Coalition with oversight by the Coalition President and Treasurer
– Attend meetings with state, local, tribal and federal agencies, and other stakeholders in the implementation of Coalition business
– Compile, edit and submit the RFEG Coalition Annual Report to WDFW for review, printing and distribution
– Research materials for long term funding sources for the RFEG program
– Assist with tracking WDFW communication and strategy related to working with WDFW on improved communication on issues affecting the RFEG program
– Assist the Coalition in identifying strategic needs and goals of the RFEG program and actions needed to reach those goals.
– Assist the Coalition in responding to ongoing and new issues in salmon recovery, potentially including the closures of state hatcheries.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
– Consensus-building skills
– Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
– Facilitation skills for leading a diverse group of individuals via phone and in-person
– Ability to come up to speed on complex issues in short time frame
– Understanding of the RFEG programs and relationship to WDFW and salmon recovery state-wide
– Demonstrated ability to provide persuasive public presentations
– Knowledge of salmon issues and the regulatory and funding mechanisms affecting them
The SPSSEG will contract the individual to perform the agreed upon Scope of Work. The person will report to the Coalition President or his or her designee.
Compensation and Duration:
This position is a contract employee. The compensation for this position shall be depending on the applicant’s knowledge, skills, abilities and demonstrated expertise
related to the position description. The expected wage range is $20 to 40 per hour. As a contracted employee, all mandated payroll taxes will be paid by SPSSEG; however the position will not receive any fringe benefits. The contracted employee will be expected to provide their own office space, office equipment and transportation to and from meetings; with the exception of the quarterly Coalition meetings for which travel and per diem will be reimbursed at the State rate using State forms.
The Coalition has funding for this position through December 31, 2012 and anticipates funding through June 30, 2013. This position is part-time. Hours will vary week to week based on needs. An anticipated average is 10 to20 hours per week.
The SPSSEG is located in Lacey, WA. Coalition members represent RFEGs located throughout Washington State. As such, quarterly Board meetings are often held in different parts of the state. Due to the nature of the work, the location of the SPSSEG office and current Coalition leadership, much of the work for the contracted individual is expected to be located in or near the Olympia area. The contractor must provide his or her own work space and transportation.
Given the collaborative nature of this Position Announcement, inquiries regarding the position must be made in writing. Any questions concerning this Position Announcement shall be directed in writing to:
Lance Winecka, Executive Director for SPSSEG
Written questions must be submitted to SPSSEG by July 20, 2102. Written responses will be distributed to applicants no later than July 27, 2012.
To apply for the position please submit the following application materials via email in pdf format to: Lancew@spsseg.org
1) A summary of your qualifications, experience and approach to the proposed work, including experience working with diverse groups; your understanding of salmon recovery issues; and your ability to compile information and present it in a persuasive manner. Provide any other information that you believe demonstrates your knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the requirements of this position.
2) Qualifications: Include resume and brief biography for yourself.
3) References: Provide contact information for three current references and a brief description of the work performed for each reference.
4) Compensation: Please provide your desired hourly rate within the range specified in this announcement.
Application materials must not exceed 8 pages in total length. Applications materials are requested to be submitted in one pdf document via e-mail to:
Lance Winecka at: Lancew@spsseg.org
All email applications are due by 5:00 pm on Aug 3, 2012
1. Written Questions Submitted by Applicants to SPSSEG
2. Responses to Written Questions Distributed by SPSSEG to Applicants
3. Application Due Date
4. Interviews with selected Applicants
5. Work Begins